Posted March 18, 2013. It was more than two weeks before David Dwyer was scheduled for a hip replacement, but already he was at the hospital, prepping. First he had his nose swabbed to test for staph bacteria, then he attended a class on the proper way to shower with anti-infective soap. Project Joints—Joining Organizations in Tackling SSIs—led by the nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Improvement is heading this new initiative. The effort comes amid new financial penalties from Medicare for preventable hospital infections and growing concern about hospital infections and resistance to many antibiotics used to treat them. Read more.